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Minecraft Earth FAQs

GENERAL INFO

WHAT IS MINECRAFT EARTH?

Minecraft Earth is an all-new augmented reality game you can play on your mobile devices that brings the Minecraft world into our universe! Through the lens of the game, you’ll be able to build creations with friends and place them in the real world at life-size.  You’ll discover exciting new mobs to use in your builds. And you may need to put your skills to the test as you explore a new side to your neighborhood!  

HOW MUCH WILL MINECRAFT EARTH COST?

Minecraft Earth will be free to play. 

WILL MINECRAFT EARTH HAVE LOOT BOXES?

No. 

WHAT ARE RUBIES AND WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR?

Rubies are a virtual currency and a valuable gem that are used to buy things in the Minecraft Earth Marketplace, such as Buildplates

WHERE CAN I GET RUBIES?

You can earn Rubies through tappables! Each time you collect from a tappable, you have a chance to find Rubies! You will also be able to purchase Rubies in the Marketplace if you need more.

WHICH PLATFORMS WILL MINECRAFT EARTH BE ON?

Minecraft Earth is coming to iOS and Android on AR-capable devices. Please check with Google here: https://developers.google.com/ar/discover/supported-devices for AR Core supported devices!

WHAT KIND OF DEVICE DO I NEED TO PLAY MINECRAFT EARTH?

You will need a mobile device running iOS 10 and Android 8 or newer. 

For a list of incompatible devices, please visit this article.

DOES MINECRAFT EARTH REQUIRE A MICROSOFT OR XBOX LIVE ACCOUNT?

Yes. A free Microsoft or Xbox Live account allows you to track your progress and save both builds and inventory to your profile. This means that every time you play, you can pick up right where you left off! The paid Xbox Live Gold service is not required to play Minecraft Earth. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY PHONE?

Everything in your Minecraft Earth game is kept on your account in the cloud, including your Buildplates, inventory, etc. Be sure to keep your Microsoft Account/Xbox Live account safe – we will never ask for it and you should never give your password to anyone.  

CAN I USE MY SKIN FROM VANILLA MINECRAFT IN MINECRAFT EARTH?

Yes, we’ve designed a system that allows you to use your favorite Marketplace skin in Minecraft Earth as well. Just click on your character’s picture at the top left side of the screen and you can choose from any of your owned skin packs. 

WILL YOU BE ABLE TO UPLOAD YOUR OWN SKIN IN MINECRAFT EARTH?

Currently there are no plans to enable players to upload their own skins.

WHY ARE YOU TAKING TIME AWAY FROM DEVELOPING VANILLA MINECRAFT TO MAKE THIS GAME?

Don’t worry - Minecraft Earth has a separate team dedicated to its development, so that both it and vanilla Minecraft can get the love and care they deserve. 

GAMEPLAY INFO

WHAT’S THE GAMEPLAY LIKE IN MINECRAFT EARTH?

There’s lots to do in Minecraft Earth whilst exploring your world or relaxing at home:

Collect blocks, mobs, and items of varying rarities from Tappables.

Use the blocks, mobs, and items you collected to build your latest masterpiece on tabletop Buildplates.

Explore your builds in life-size AR.

Experience the world of Minecraft in the real world with augmented reality at Adventures.

CAN I INVITE FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH ME ON MY BUILDS?

When in your Buildplate, you can hit “Invite Friend” to generate a QR code. Friends nearby that also have the game installed can scan this QR code using the “Join Friend” feature from the main Minecraft Earth map and they’ll be placed into your Buildplate! From there, you can both interact with your Buildplate just as you would any Minecraft world. You need to be in the same location to build together. When you (the owner of the Buildplate) stop playing, all other players are disconnected.

You can both invite friends to join you in diorama build mode, and in life-size play mode.

WHAT ARE ADVENTURES?

Adventures are the survival part of Minecraft Earth. The part where you explore.  You will see an Adventure on your in-game map. Get close and tap on it to enter. You will never know exactly what’s in there, the contents are randomized.  It is a slice of a real Minecraft world in life size on the ground. You dig down with your pickaxe or shovel, chop down trees. There might be mobs, and deep under the ground, you may find valuable ores, hidden treasures and other surprises! 

CAN PEOPLE GRIEF/DESTROY/TAKE THINGS FROM MY BUILDPLATE?

When you invite other people into your Buildplate in tabletop Build mode, they can interact with it just like in any Minecraft world. Building, placing items and mobs, as well as breaking and taking blocks are all possible. 

However, when you are in life-size Play mode, you are playing an instance of the world. Nothing gets saved. So, feel free to play. Play mode is built for shenanigans and action. After the session ends, everything is back to where it was, and nothing is lost.

This means that in tabletop Build mode, you should only build with friends that you trust to handle your builds with care.

WILL THERE EVER BE BIGGER BUILDPLATES?

Yes, we are planning on making larger Buildplates with smaller blocks in future updates.

CAN SOMEONE ELSE GO INTO MY BUILDPLATE WHEN I’M NOT PLAYING?

No- for someone to access your Buildplate, you have to invite them in. Once you stop playing, they will be removed from the game.

IS THERE ANY LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ITEMS I CAN HAVE IN MY INVENTORY?

No, your inventory size is unlimited. As with vanilla Minecraft, the maximum stack size in your hotbar is still 64, but in your inventory, there is no maximum stack size.

HOW DOES LEVELING WORK IN MINECRAFT EARTH?

You gain experience points based on the Tappables you get while playing. Once you have enough experience points, you’ll gain a level in the game. Every 5 levels, you’ll unlock a new Buildplate with even more blocks and mobs to play with.

WHAT ARE THE IOS-ONLY FEATURES OF MINECRAFT EARTH?

Minecraft Earth will use Apple ARKit’s People Occlusion to show people directly inside their life-size builds, and Motion Capture to trigger pre-set character animations in the game. This is part of ARKit 3.0 in iOS, version 13.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I TAP A TAPPABLE?

When you tap a tappable you’ll find different blocks inside! Blocks found in different tappables are themed around the ones you collect: if you tap a tree, you’ll likely get wood!

HOW DO I COLLECT DIFFERENT MOBS?

You can collect Mobs in Tappables that you find as you walk around the map as well as Buildplates you unlock or purchase. When you tap on a Tappable, you will get the breed of the Mob you have found but there is a chance you will find a variant of a different rarity. Once you find a Mob they’re added to your inventory in the Mobs tab and then you can use them on Buildplates.

CAN YOU PORT A CHUNK OF A WORLD FROM ANOTHER MINECRAFT EDITION TO PUT IT INTO MINECRAFT EARTH AND USE IT ON A BUILDPLATE?

Unfortunately, no. You’ll build and collect resources in Minecraft Earth and they will not move over to any of the other editions.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT SIZE BUILDPLATES THAT I’LL BE ABLE TO BUILD ON?

The current Buildplate sizes that you can unlock and build on are 8x8 and 16x16 blocks.

DO YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM TO BUILD TOGETHER?

Yes with Build with Friends you simply place your Buildplate on a surface and then invite your friend. Your friend will scan a code and they will be added to your game. You’ll need to be in the same room though since you’re going to be building in the same space!

WILL WE BE ABLE TO BE A MOB?

Yes! There is an item you can find in Tappables called the ‘Mob of Me’. You can customize your Mob of Me and then place it on a Buildplate to make a little scene, and others you invite to play with you can place their Mobs of Me on your plate too so you can create a scene with your friends!

CAN YOU CHOOSE THE BIOME OF YOUR BUILDPLATE?

Each Buildplate has a set Biome. You can unlock new Buildplates with new biomes to build in many different environments!

I WANT TO BE A PART OF THE MINECRAFT EARTH COMMUNITY, WHERE CAN I FIND YOU AT?

You can be a part of the Minecraft Earth Community by finding us on the official Minecraft Earth Discord https://discordapp.com/minecraftearth. Don’t forget, if you have feedback you can find us at https://aka.ms/mcearthfeedback  and if you come across a bug, report it at https://aka.ms/mcearthbugs 

 

SAFETY

WHAT ABOUT PLAYER SAFETY?

We take safety seriously and are taking measures to make Minecraft Earth an enjoyable and reliable experience for all our players. Players and parents will be able to use Xbox Live Account Management to adjust safety and privacy settings. A reporting system allows players to report concerns in-game and on our website. In addition, we also have a moderation team working 24/7 to manage and respond to reports.

ARE THERE ANY MEASURES I CAN TAKE AS A PARENT?

While you’ll be able to play Minecraft Earth as an adult or a child, parents should create a child account through the Xbox account management settings. We also encourage parents to review the Google Play Store and Apple App Store to find the settings that work best for you and your family.

For more information on this visit:

Xbox: https://support.xbox.com/en-US/browse/my-account/manage-account/Child%20accounts

Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304

Android: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1075738?hl=en

AS A PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNER OR A PARK MANAGER HOW CAN I REPORT A LOCATION?

If you are a park manager and would like to report your hours of operations or if you are a private property owner and would like to report a game location on your property, please notify us here.

CAN GAME PLAY LOCATIONS BE IN PLACES THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE?

Gameplay in Minecraft Earth is generated in locations that exist in public places such as parks and open urban areas. Gameplay conditions in any area can depend on many factors, time of day and surroundings, amongst other things. We encourage our players to exercise caution and to not play in potentially hazardous locations.

If you find a game play location in a place that is not ideal for game play, please go to http://aka.ms/mcearthsupport

CAN I REPORT ON USER-GENERATED BUILDPLATE CONTENT?

If you see some user-generated content that you would like to report, please go to http://aka.ms/mcearthsupport. For us to help identify the content, please include relevant identification information, such as the Xbox Live gamertag of the player who showed you the content.  

HOW DO I GET MORE MINECRAFT EARTH GAMEPLAY LOCATIONS AROUND ME?

We use a variety of different inputs when we decide where to put Minecraft Earth gameplay locations. One of the inputs we use is Open Street Map data, which is a map built by the community of users. If you’d like to see more gameplay locations around you, one of the best things you can do is improve the accuracy of the Open Street Map data in your area.

In the future, we are exploring additional ways to get your input on where you can play Minecraft Earth – stay tuned!

HOW DO I INTERACT WITH REAL WORLD GAMEPLAY ELEMENTS?

For tappables, you don’t need to walk right up to the icon on the map to get it—you’ll be able to see on the map which tappables are “in range” for you. This range is dozens of meters, so you should make sure you are staying in safe areas when collecting these tappables. Adventures require you to be close to the place on the map that you find them at in order to interact with them.

 

PRIVACY

 HOW DOES MINECRAFT EARTH USE MY LOCATION DATA?

Location data is integral to our gameplay experience. We use your location data to place objects and interactive items in your vicinity i.e. Tappables and adventures.

WHY DOES MINECRAFT EARTH NEED TO COLLECT MY LOCATION DATA?

Adventures and Tappables are placed in certain locations around the world, the game is meant to be a geo caching game where players can interact with Tappables and/or adventures near them. As you come into range the you can collect them by tapping on the icon on the screen or interact with the Adventure as it becomes available. Adventures are multiplayer experiences for people in the same general proximity to play together. These gameplay features rely on your actual location in order to work.

Aggregate location data will be used to improve the adventures within the game.

 

HOW DOES MINECRAFT EARTH KNOW MY LOCATION?

Minecraft Earth uses Azure Spatial Anchors (ASA). ASA enables us to perceive spaces, designate precise points of interest and recall those points of interested from supported devices. Precise points of interest are “Spatial Anchors.” Some examples of Spatial Anchors include:

Multi-user experiences. They make is easier to people in the same place to participate in multi-user mixed reality applications like Minecraft Earth.

Way-finding. Creates relationships between them, connecting them to anchors that are nearby the current one and directing the player to the next step in a task. This enables players to collaborate more effectively.

 

DOES MINECRAFT EARTH USE MY LOCATION DATA FOR OTHER PRODUCTS?

While Minecraft Earth doesn’t use your location data for any other product, Azure Spatial Anchors (ASA) is another Microsoft product used as a common frame of reference for enabling multiple users to place digital content in the same physical location to detect locations of specific holograms. We may send anonymized point cloud data to ASA and that may be used to improve their product.

 

CAN YOU TRACK MY LOCATION DATA BASED ON PLAYING MINECRAFT?

Yes, we need to know your location for the game to function. Any location data captured has a lifespan of 24 hours and after we remove personal identifiers and aggregate the information for longer term analytics.

 

WHAT PERSONAL DATA ARE YOU COLLECTING OR STORING?

We collect player Device ID and Xbox Live Gamertag.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I PLAY IN A PUBLIC LOCATION?

You are responsible for your behavior in public places, you should abide by all local laws and regulations and you should not trespass or behave in inappropriate ways while playing the game.

If you find someone who is engaging in inappropriate behavior in public places, please contact local law enforcement.

 

WHY DOES MINECRAFT EARTH NEED ACCESS TO MY CAMERA?

The augmented reality features need your camera to work. These features are presented to you by overlaying the camera view with the holograms. Minecraft Earth uses the camera to place the hologram so you can interact with it.

 

DO YOU STORE ANY DATA COLLECTED FROM MY CAMERA?

Data collected from the camera gets stored only when playing adventures, which are all in public spaces. Even then, the images obtained from the camera are not stored in the cloud directly; instead, a set of features and sparse 3D representation of the environment are extracted from the images, enabling players to automatically see adventure in the same position in the real world and collaborate on it. In addition, that data collected from the camera is not attached to any user or device identifier, but instead to its geo-location metadata, and is never sent to any other devices.

 

DOES MINECRAFT EARTH ACCESS ANY ADDITIONAL DATA ON MY PHONE?

We don’t access any additional data on a player’s device.

 

DOES MICROSOFT/MINECRAFT EARTH USE YOUR PERSONAL SIGN UP INFORMATION FOR MARKETING PURPOSES?

When you sign up for an MSA we honor your selections regarding marketing that you select there. In addition, if you opt into notifications, we will contact you via push notifications on your phone for communications/marketing about activities or opportunities in the game.

 

CAN MINECRAFT EARTH SEE WHERE I LIVE?

Minecraft Earth only sees the locations that you log in and play.

Minecraft Earth tracks what Tappable locations and/or adventures locations are being interacted with and at what frequency, however, this is not directly tracked to a specific player location or address.

Click here for more safety tips!

 

Last Updated - 2019-11-21 02:24:16 UTC

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